Costa Rica Operation Christmas Child and Cook Stoves Team August 2019

Join Samaritan’s Purse Canada in Costa Rica to distribute gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need. Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on project that brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has distributed more than 145 million shoebox gifts to children in over 135 countries. In addition to shoebox gifts, children may receive a colorful booklet in their local language, titled The Greatest Gift, which explains the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many children who receive a shoebox gift are also offered the opportunity to participate in a follow-up discipleship program (called The Greatest Journey). This 12-lesson Bible study helps children to know Jesus, follow Him, and share their faith with others.

This team will also have the opportunity to visit and work with the Clean Cook Stoves program and learn how it is helping to prevent respiratory diseases through the use of safe, energy-saving stoves. Many families in rural Costa Rica cook their daily meals indoors over an open fire, and the frequent smoke inhalation can often lead to respiratory disease, particularly among women and children who are exposed to the smoke more often. Clean Cook Stoves provide a safe alternative to open fires by directing the smoke out of the house, consuming less firewood, and keeping the open flame contained within a stove.

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Project: Working alongside Samaritan’s Purse staff and our national partner, you will experience the excitement of Operation Christmas Child shoebox distributions and The Greatest Journey program.  Participants will also have the chance to assist with children’s ministry and other outreach opportunities in the local community, including participating in the Clean Cook Stoves program. Most importantly, you will be part of offering the greatest gift of all – the story of Jesus Christ and the Good News of salvation available to everyone through faith in Him.

Location: Costa Rica

Dates: August 1-8, 2019

Donation amount: $3500 CAD/person

This includes return international airfare from Toronto or Calgary (as indicated in your initial online application) to Liberia, accommodations, food, transportation, project costs and administration. It does not include vaccinations, passport renewal, baggage fees, or meals while in transit. Flights from other cities in Canada can also be arranged for you to join the team departing from Toronto or Calgary (with increased donation).

Samaritan’s Purse Canada (SPC) invites team members to join in its charitable activities. SPC may only be able to undertake this project if sufficient funds are raised. The cost of the project to SPC is $3500 and mission trip project participants are asked to donate this full amount in order to cover the costs of the project. Tax receipts will be issued for all gifts to the fullest extent allowed by the law. Once receipted, all gifts are nonrefundable.

Team size: 30 volunteers

Next Steps: If you are interested in joining us on the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child / Clean Cook Stoves Costa Rica Team, please complete an online application. Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a $300 initial donation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

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If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss this opportunity with us, please don’t hesitate to call or email!

Phone: 403-250-6565 or 1-800-663-6500

Email: trips@samaritan.ca